Duck Breed Focus - Abacot Ranger

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by sumi, Nov 14, 2015.

  1. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    A somewhat lesser known and rare breed, the Abacot Ranger breed (also known as the Hooded Range in the United States) was created in Colchester in the County of Essex, England from 1917 to 1922 by Oscar Gray of Abacot Duck Ranch. He used sports from Khaki Campbells and a White Indian Runner Drake to create the breed. They were a popular utility duck used for supplying meat and eggs but became less popular in the UK and if it wasn’t for the work done in Germany by H. Lieker who stabilised the colour, they could have possibly been lost. There hasn’t been much interest in the Abacot Ranger by many of the bigger waterfowl breeders, but there are small groups of breeders in the U.K reviving the breed, using German bloodlines and over the last few years, the numbers appearing at shows have been increasing.

    The British Waterfowl Association standardised these ducks in 1987. They are a light duck breed that rarely flies, so they can be kept in using a fairly low fence within the garden, but care should be taken that the garden is safe from predators.


    Uses: Utility, meat, eggs
    Eggs: Up to 180 White Eggs annually
    Origin: Colchester, Essex, U.K.
    Weight: Drake: 6.6 lb, Duck: 5.5 lb

    Pic by @littlenell1

    Pic by @littlenell1

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    Do you own Abacot Rangers? Are you an Abacot Ranger breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including:

    · What made you decide to get this breed?
    · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose?
    · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed?
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  2. wornoutmomto3

    wornoutmomto3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2014
    My Coop
    Oh, they are gorgeous!!! :drool
    I have never heard of this breed before, but now I want some. How can I get some in the US?
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    They really are pretty .
  4. spotonfarm

    spotonfarm New Egg

    Jan 30, 2014
    How do they differ from Welsh Harlequins? I have a Harlequin that looks just like this.
  5. silly4buttons

    silly4buttons Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2013
    Billerica Ma
    I love that duck. I got to have some.
  6. NathanZee

    NathanZee Chillin' With My Peeps

    That's what I have been trying to find out, I can't see any difference at all.
  7. mamaof2wi

    mamaof2wi Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2016
    West Central Wisconsin
  8. Zombified

    Zombified Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 17, 2013
    Kentucky, USA
    Oh wow, they look like Welsh Harlequins! Very interesting!
  9. Maxcine99

    Maxcine99 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2013
    Clinton, MD
    I'm looking for some myself! I haven't been able to find any online, does anyone here have them? I'd really love to get some next year!! Such cuties!

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